Working at CEDLA

PhD candidate ‘Amazonian Forest Governance to Sustainability’
Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation – Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studie

Publication date: 30 July 2018 Closing date: 5 September 2018
Level of education: University
Salary indication: €2,266 to €2,897 gross per month
Hours: 38 hours per week
Vacancy number: 18-470

The Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA) of the Faculty of Humanities is an interdisciplinary research centre focused on social transformation in Latin America. The staff comprises of six permanent researchers and two special professorship chairs and currently a group of eleven PhD students. Under the current research program ‘Reshaping Society and the Commons in Latin America’ this team carries out a large range of projects addressing social, economic, cultural, political and environmental changes in the region. CEDLA is part of the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies (ARTES), one of the six research schools, under the aegis of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research (AIHR) at the University of Amsterdam. The current vacancy is part of the NWO-funded Belmont Forum Programme ‘Amazonian Governance to Enable Transformations to Sustainability’ (AGENTS), led by Dr Fabio de Castro. AGENTS will conceptualize, assess, map, and quantify the role of non-state actors (individual and collective) to the use, management, and conservation of forests and ecosystems in selected areas across Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia. The project consortium encompasses partners from Brazil, USA, The Netherlands and Sweden, combining social and forestry science.

Project description
AGENTS is grounded in co-design of research questions, co-interpretation of initial results, and co-production of participatory scenarios. As part of this approach, the PhD research will address particular forest governance systems (three case studies) to be selected in collaboration with local stakeholders. The research will be mainly based on ethnographic research and institutional analysis, which requires large periods of fieldwork (approximately 4 months in each case). In addition, the candidate will work closely with the research team (including two post-docs in charge of the land cover change analysis) in knowledge co-production, data exchange and data integration to support other components of the research program (spatial analysis of land cover change and different (participatory) modelling exercises .

- Completion of the research and the PhD thesis within three years;
- extended periods of fieldwork (ca. 12 months in total);
- participation in meetings of the project research group;
- support in the development of a shared project database;
- participation in knowledge co-production activities;
- participation in project dissemination activities;
- writing and publication of research articles as main or co-author (at least one article per year as part of the thesis development);
- presentations of intermediate research results at workshops and conferences;
- participation in the training program of the Graduate School / Research School.

If you are the successful applicant, you must have:
a (research) master degree (MA, RMA or MPhil) or equivalent in Social Sciences or interdisciplinary programmes, with a focus on natural resource governance in the global South (held by time of appointment);
excellent command of English and Spanish or Portuguese (depending on the country of research);
excellent research skills in social research, with particular focus on ethnographic methods and institutional analysis;
fieldwork experience in Latin America, with particular focus on rural populations and natural resource use;
a strong cooperative attitude and willingness to engage in collaborative research and interdisciplinary thinking;
proved experience with academic publication.

Further information
You may obtain further information about this position, including a research note on the overall project, from: Dr Fabio de Castro.


You will be appointed for 38 hours (1.0 FTE) per week for a period of 36 months at CEDLA of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. Initially a contract will be given for 12 months, with an extension for the following 24 months on the basis of a positive evaluation. The intended starting date of the contract is 1 December 2018. The gross monthly salary (on full-time basis) will range from €2,266 during the first year to €2,763 during the third year, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Job application
The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity. Your application must include the following information (in the same order), in one PDF file (not zipped):
- a letter of motivation;
- a full academic CV, including contact information of two referees who may be approached by the selection committee;
- a research proposal of 1500 to 2000 words, showing how you would analyse two different types of local solutions to deforestation in the - - - - Amazon, including problematization, research question, methodology, and bibliography;
- a list of grades obtained for the Bachelor and Master (or equivalent) programmes;
- a copy of the MA thesis and maximum of two academic publications;
- a copy of relevant diploma.

Please submit your complete application no later than 5 September 2018 using the link below. Interviews will take place in the week of 17 to 21 September 2018. For candidates living abroad interviews may be held via Skype. #LI-DNP


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